potty training

Maria Jose - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my son is 3 years old (october 6) and he is not interested at all in potty train
i already remove him from pull ups and now he is in real underwear and overnight pullups for the night
he goes pee easily but i think that he is terrified to go #2, he keeps hiding somewhere in the house and then he comes to me and says mommy i smell something!!!
i really tried everything, priced him, putting him in time out, telling him that no more tv, anything but is not working
he keeps pooping in his underwear, please if anyone has any tip i will really appreciate it!!!
i am really struggling in this subjet
thank you

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Catherine - posted on 03/11/2010

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Totally agree with your last comment Zaklina!! And the step makes a big difference, esp when they are first starting out.. My daughter doesnt need step anymore uses it just in the bathroom for washing her hands now instead of using it for both.. Another important thing is to put them into pants they can easily pull down themselves, no buttons or anything that have to be undone in a hurry!!

Zaklina - posted on 03/11/2010

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One more thing, try to make him doing it with no threats and punishments. Instead of that you can reward him with something when he will do it right. You have to remind him to use the toalet every hour if you have to and if he is wearing underwear during the day let him wear it during the night too or you will make your kid confuzed (its ok during the night but it is not ok during the day. 3 years old is little person he understand everuthing.

Zaklina - posted on 03/11/2010

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I trained both of my sons when they were 20 months old. Started with night training, just picked them up from the bed and take them to the toalet twice per night (they drink a lot of liquids in the evening), pull down the pigamas and the underware and by the time they realize what is going on they already did it. I both baby toalet top with cartoon caracter pictures and set it up over the toalet (also you can take the top with you when you are visiting other places) and put little plastic chair by the toalet so they can step on it and pee (that is making them fell bigger/taller). A lot of bravoo`s, lift them up tu push the water and they like it.

Catherine - posted on 03/10/2010

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When i toilet trained my daughter, I found a web page on the net. It was a 3 day toilet training system. I made up a sticker board for poo's, wee's, dry night, etc. Then after she went to the toilet she got to put a sticker on which ever ones she achieved. I also got some cheap toys from $2 shop for when she did poo's in the toilet. I was told to NOT SCOLD for accidents. ignore them, clean them up and just to keep telling them 100 times or more to let u know when they need to go to the toilet. No nappys or anything like that, and just have them in a t shirt and undies for the 3 days, keep them at home and u have to stay with them all the time! and run them to the toilet if they start to have an accident, then reward them if they go in the toilet. There are alot of false alarms, quite a few accidents (mostly wee's). But the key is to only reward/comment the positive! And before long they enjoy going to the toilet. will tell you they need to go and take themselves to the toilet (then my daughter yells out from the toilet when she is finished and if she did poos i have to go wipe for her.... self wiping is the next step...)

Alexandria - posted on 03/10/2010

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does he have catacter underwear? like transformers, thomas the tank engine or bob the builder? thoes are just some favorites of my son and he loves these underwear because they are special. Well when my son would have accidents all the time, it would get so bad that i would have to throw the underwear away because they would either be so terribly stained or in such bad shape that i did not even want to try and get all the poop out. So i would let him see me throw them away and then when i replaced them i bought the cheap white/black/blue ones and these were the boring ones. He hated having to wear thoes ones but he learnt that as soon as he was not going to poop in them then i would buy him the cool ones again. My son however is lactose intolerant and had alot of problems with knowing when he had to go poop because alot of the time it just felt like gas for him. Now that we know he is lactose intolerant and he does not have dairy products he has barely had an accident (been almost a year, hes 4 now).

Another thing you could try is let me go around naked, then if he finds a spot to go to the bathroom somewhere he is not going to like going cause chances are it will get all over him. I know this sounds messy and gross and something you do not want to deal with, but if you get him to clean it up with you, i bet he will think twice about doing it again. Good luck, just try and be consitant and remember that sooner or later he will go on the toilet. Oh i just remembered something else you could try is to threaten him with diapers. Maybe after the next time he messes in his underwear put a diaper on him and tell him that kids that cant go to the bathroom on the toilet have to wear diapers so that we dont waste so many pairs of big boy underwear, this also helped my son realize that he didnt want to be a baby so was gonna try even harder to go to the toilet. Just something else to try. Again good luck!

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